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  • Writer's pictureDr. Anthony Lilles

The Aspen Catholic Institute August 14-16

I have been invited to provide a presentation at the inauguration of the Aspen Catholic Institute on the Future of Christianity at St. Mary's in Aspen. As Fr. Hilton has been cycling across the United States this summer, Catholic Spiritual Direction has been posting his updates and sharing his progress. Underlying his enormous efforts have been our efforts to bring the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation to Aspen.

In August, we’re honored to be part of the inaugural event, “The Future of Christianity?” We expect it to be lively and engaging for everyone involved.

The Schedule

Friday, August 14

  1. 5:30 PM – Mass celebrated by Fr. John Hilton, pastor of St. Mary’s

  2. Catered dinner

  3. 7:30 PM – Presentation by Dan Burke

Saturday, August 15

  1. 10:00 AM – Outdoor hike with Fr. Nathan Cromly

  2. 11:30 AM – Presentation by Fr. Nathan Cromly at John Denver Sanctuary

  3. 5:30 PM – Mass celebrated by Fr. Nathan Cromly

  4. St. Mary annual feast day potluck dinner

  5. 7:30 PM – Presentation by Dr. Anthony Lilles

Sunday, August 16

  1. 7:30 AM – Mass celebrated by Fr. Nathan Cromly

  2. 10:00 AM – Mass celebrated by Fr. Nathan Cromly

  3. 11:00 AM – Roundtable wrap-up with Dan Burke, Dr. Anthony Lilles, and Fr. Nathan Cromly

  4. Coffee and donuts

There will be child care available each day.

Register to attend by clicking HERE. For a one-page document listing hotels in and around Aspen, click here (link opens a PDF file).

The Speakers

Dan Burke

  1. Co-Founder and President, Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation

  2. Executive Director, EWTN’s National Catholic Register

  3. Author and Speaker

Dan Burke will reveal how God drew him out of despair, which came from the profound spiritual, physical, and psychological suffering of his youth, and how his life-changing encounter with God relates to the future of Christianity and how we can engage even in the face of growing hostility.

Fr. Nathan Cromly, CSJ

  1. Member of the Community of St. John

  2. Founder of Eagle Eye Formation Program

  3. Responsible for many forms of evangelization and outreach to all age groups

  4. Author and Speaker

Fr. Cromly will preach, and will base his comments on the Gospel readings of the day. He will the following thoughts in his reflections:

  1. The five aspects of the “missionary spirit” outlined by Pope Francis at the end of Evangelii Gaudium.

  2. The need for confidence in the Holy Spirit to proclaim the “newness of the Gospel with boldness” in the face of secularism.

  3. The response to secularism offered by the thought of Pope Benedict.

  4. The courageous witness to truth lived with a spirit of solidarity found in the preaching of Pope John Paul II.

Dr. Anthony Lilles

  1. Co-Founder and Dean, Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation

  2. Academic Dean, St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, CA

  3. Author and Speaker

This’ talk will on “Missionary Discipleship in the Wisdom of the Saints.” The presentation will propose Sts. Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, and Thérèse of Lisieux as witnesses to missionary discipleship that Pope Francis has asked the Church to embrace. These three doctors of the Church remind us by their witness and spiritual doctrine that such discipleship is only possible when we take time in our prayer to seek and enter into the mystery of God’s heart, opened for us by Christ Jesus. Just as each of these saints advocate this personal relationship in prayer, the future of Christianity requires Catholics to welcome and deepen this friendship with the Lord in new ways, not only for themselves, but also to provide the world the word of hope it needs to hear.

Register to attend by clicking HERE. For a one-page document listing hotels in and around Aspen, click here (link opens a PDF file). Read more:

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